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Robbo's pride

Posted on 29 September 2015  - 15:06

Graham Roberts describes it as ‘an honour’ as he contemplates joining the greats of the club in our Hall of Fame.

Graham Roberts during his playing daysThe 1984 UEFA Cup-winning sideGraham with Paul Miller at last year's 1984 UEFA Cup-winning anniversary event

The versatile defender/midfielder and UEFA Cup-winning captain in 1984 will be inducted with friend and team-mate Paul Miller on Thursday, October 15.

‘Robbo’ and ‘Maxy’ will join 41 other Hall of Famers and being part of the ‘wall of fame’ at the top end of the tunnel at the Lane is something special for two players who gave their all for the club in the successful period of the early 1980s under Keith Burkinshaw.

“When you walk through the tunnel and see those names on the Hall of Fame, knowing my name will soon be up there, I feel very honoured,” said Graham, who played 287 times for us between 1980-86. “My family is very proud as well.

“When you are there with Alan Mullery, Martin Chivers, Danny Blanchflower, Cliff Jones, I look at that and think I’m very lucky, honoured. It hasn’t sunk in yet really and I know Maxy feels that way as well.

“I can’t wait for the evening, I’m sure it will be brilliant and to cap it all, we have Anderlecht not too long after that, so all those memories will come flooding back again.”

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Graham was the hero as we beat Anderlecht over two legs to win the UEFA Cup in 1984.

Paul scored the equaliser as we drew the first leg in Belgium but after Anderlecht opened the scoring in the return, Robbo levelled late in the game to take the final into extra time, and then penalties.

He scored the first penalty in the shoot-out and Tony Parks saved twice as one of the most famous nights in the club’s history dramatically ended in glory under the lights at the Lane.

“That achievement in winning the UEFA Cup would be like winning the Champions League now,” he added. “All the top teams were in it - we beat Bayern Munich in an earlier round. Back then, the European Cup was just the champions of the leagues and the rest of the clubs were in the UEFA Cup. It was a tough trophy to win.”

There are just a handful of places left for Graham and Paul’s Hall of Fame induction dinner at White Hart Lane. Book now to avoid disappointment.